Laura Bowie serves as the Executive Director for the Gulf of Mexico Alliance, a partnership of the five Gulf States with the goal to significantly increase regional collaboration to enhance the ecological and economic health of the Gulf of Mexico.
Laura began her career in Houston, Texas, at Texas Eastern Pipeline Company and served Continental Airlines as a Senior Manager in the Environmental Affairs Department. Since moving to Mississippi, Laura has supported local non-profits spear-heading watershed and grant programs.
In 2010, Laura was the first employee hired by the Gulf of Mexico Alliance to take the loose network of partners into a formal not-for-profit organization. Since taking the helm in 2013, Laura has led the organization through significant accomplishments, including:
(1) building the participation in the organization to nearly 1000 people actively involved in various committees and working groups;
(2) the development of an organizational Action Plan supported and signed off on by all five Gulf State governors;
(3) the administration of the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative, a $500M research program focused on the Deepwater Horizon oil spill; and
(4) the launch of Gulf Star, a new grant program supported by Gulf industries and public agencies alike.
Laura holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Mississippi State University and a master’s degree in environmental management from the University of Houston. Laura is active in local civic and charitable organizations. She and her husband John have been married 19 years and have two sons, Andrew and Mitchell.
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